|Date of Report: Friday, 25th January 2019|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu has dropped to about 80% as water is being let down to top up the dams such as Wiggleswade further downstream as conditions are fairly dry in the Border area. This draw off of water has caused a fair amount of discolouration in the dam.
As in the case of most stillwaters, fishing in both Gubu and Maden which are at low altitude, slows down from January through to mid-March until the water temperatures cool down.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.email@example.com or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za.
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns, small in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/.
This very productive water is full and looking good, but the weed is starting to grow back. There is access to bank anglers in part of the dam but if you have a tube please take one. As noted before it was thought that the low and warm water conditions in the drought of 2 years ago had killed off all the older stock, but a some of large rainbows appeared to have survived and are giving good sport. Most of the fish being caught are from last year’s stocking which are now in the 1 to 1,2kg range. Martin Davies re-stocked it 2 months ago with 150g rainbows from the Ventnor hatchery.
Ryan Smith at Maden